Summer School on Computing for Socio-Economic Development

About

The Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, hosted a summer school to bring together attendees from engineering and the social sciences and expose them to cutting edge research in this exciting field. Several eminent researchers in the Information and Communication Technologies and Development research area and related fields presented lectures in their areas of specialization and attendees experienced a range of current research and practice.

About ICTD

Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) is an inter-disciplinary research area that aims to understand, design, and apply ICTs in efforts to improve the socioeconomic well-being of disadvantaged people in poor communities and the developing world. Researchers in this area include computer scientists, social scientists, designers and a range of other fields.

Objective of the Summer School

The summer school hopes to excite and equip graduate students, faculty members and outstanding undergraduate students with the tools needed to conduct research in the area of ICTD. The school is also an opportunity for researchers and faculty members to network with their peers and the speakers. While students comprised the bulk of the attendees, we also had participation from post-doctoral researchers, research staff and faculty members.

This page includes a detailed schedule on the summer school including slides and relevant papers for many of the presentations made during the school.

Organizing Committee

Acknowledgements

Agenda and Presentations

Sunday, June 13: Welcome to the summer school

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Ed Cutrell Welcome and overview PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Activity Ed Cutrell Introductions and icebreakers
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Exercise TEM staff Small-group discussion on goals of development

Monday, June 14: What is development?

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Revi Sterling History of Development Theory and Practice PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Exercise Aishwarya Ratan Development Practice Examined through Case Studies PDF

Readings: [1], Ch. 2 of [2]

1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1415 Lecture Jonathan Donner,
Aishwarya Ratan, Bill Thies
Overview of Field Activity PDF
1415 – 1800 Activity Students Field activity in small groups DOC

Tuesday, June 15: ICTs & development

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Jonathan Donner Understanding Technology & Society through Mobile Phone Behaviors PDF

Reading: [1]

1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Activity Michael Best Why Focus on ICTs for Development PDF
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Excercise Revi Sterling Informed Consent in ICTD Projects PDF
1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1730 Panel Ed Cutrell Panel on Informed Consent
(Michael Best, Revi Sterling, Jonathan Donner, Nimmi Rangaswamy)

Informed consent in ICTD projects


Wednesday, June 16: Projects in ICTD

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Conference Talks Nimmi Rangaswamy Entrepreneurship and ICTD PDF
Revi Sterling Advancement through Interactive Radio PDF
Mike Best Impact of ICTs in Post-Conflict Liberia
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Conference Talks Saurabh Panjwani Secure and Usable Authentication for Mobile Banking PPT
Jonathan Donner Mobile Use by Micro and Small Enterprises PDF
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1800 Field Activity Students Continuation of field activity

Thursday, June 17: Qualitative methods

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lectures Isha Ray Qualitative Methods & Social Science PDF

Reading: [1]

Nimmi Rangaswamy The Art of the Interview PDF

Reading: [2]

1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lectures Isha Ray Designing Surveys PDF
Nimmi Rangaswamy Conducting Ethnographies PDF
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1730 Exercise Students Practice with Qualitative Methods

Friday, June 18: Design: What to build, why and how?

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Tapan Parikh Development as Design PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture Indrani Medhi Design Challenges in Working with Low-literate Users PDF
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Lecture Tapan Parikh Techniques for working with NGOs and other field partners PDF
1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Field Activity Students Continuation of field activity

Saturday, June 19: Understanding poor communities

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Indrani Medhi A portrait of everyday life in a village PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture Geeta Menon Life in an urban slum
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1800 Field Trip Indrani Medhi Guided tours of slum communities

Sunday, June 20: Rest Day


Monday, June 21: Projects in ICTD

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Conference Talks Prof. Jamadagni You and Your Research PDF

Good Books to read

Ed Cutrell Intermediated Technology Use in Developing Communities PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Conference Talks Yaw Anowka

Carl Hartung

Open Data Kit: Building Information Services for Low-Income Regions PDF
David Hutchful Cloze: An Authoring Tool for Teachers PDF
Bill Thies Interactive DVDs for Education
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Poster Session Students Poster presentations based on results from field activity
1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Group Activity Students Research proposal preparation – session 1 PDF

Tuesday, June 22: Study methodologies, study design and evaluation issues

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lectures Aishwarya Ratan Quantitative Data Analysis PDF
Nimmi Rangaswamy Analyzing Qualitative Data PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture + Exercise Aishwarya Ratan Impact Evaluation PDF

Reading: [1]

1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Lectures Ed Cutrell Fundamentals of User Studies PDF
Aishwarya Ratan Paper Discussion (The Digital Provide: Information Technology, Market Performance and Welfare in the South Indian Fisheries Sector)

Reading: [2]

1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Activity All Movie & discussion

Wednesday, June 23: Pessimism & optimism in ICTD

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Kentaro Toyama Ten Myths of ICTD PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture Rikin Gandhi The Digital Green Story PPSX
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Discussion Kentaro Toyama Paper discussion (What Constitutes Good ICTD Research)

Readings: [1], [2]

1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Group Activity Students Research proposal preparation – session 2

Thursday, June 24: From government policy to development outcomes

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Ashok Desai Economic policy and implications for technology and development PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture Joyojeet Pal Technology and Disability in the Developing World PDF
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Lecture Solomon Jaya Prakash Labournet PDF
1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Panel Bill Thies Professional development advice on pursuing a research career
(Kentaro Toyama, Isha Ray, Joyojeet Pal, Solomon Jay Prakash, Ed Cutrell)

Friday, June 25: Beyond research

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Lecture Sean Blagsvedt Sustaining development interventions beyond pilot phase—
the Babajob Case
PDF
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lectures Rikin Gandhi Spinning Out: How hard can this be? PPSX
Kentaro Toyama Make it Memorable: A Presentation on Presentations PPT
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Short Presentations Students “Open mic” feedback session on students’ research projects
1530 – 1600 Tea/Coffee
1600 – 1800 Group Activity Students Research proposal preparation – session 3

Saturday, June 26: Professional development/conference day

1100 – 1230 Short Presentations Students Single-track, 5-minute presentation of research proposal
+ 5-minute Q&A per group
1230 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Short Presentations Students Single-track, 5-minute presentation of research proposal
+ 5-minute Q&A per group

Sunday, June 27: Wrap up and farewell

0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 1030 Activity Group Feedback and Wrap-Up
1030 – 1100 Tea/Coffee
1100 – 1230 Lecture Ed Cutrell Open discussion
1230 – 1400 Lunch

Speakers